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Charlie Brooker: 'Comedians are the worst people to run anything'

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Charlie Brooker has said that comedians such as Russell Brand and Robert Webb debating political issues has only become a big deal because "nobody is particularly interested in what politicians have to say".

The 10 O'Clock Show presenter and Black Mirror writer said that he wasn't sure where he stood on the topics that Brand and Webb had discussed, but said that the amount of coverage their comments had earned raised a bigger issue for politicians.

Charlie Brooker's How Gaming Changed the World

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Charlie Brooker's How Gaming Changed the World



"I don't have anything against anyone sharing their opinions. I don't quite know where I stand on all of that debate. I probably agree and disagree with everyone. That's the most fence-sitting nonsense it's possible to say" said Brooker.

"What is happening, I guess, is that this debate is going on because nobody is particularly interested in what politicians have to say. They seem like such a separate species to everyone else. I don't quite know what the way around that is."

Russell Brand appears on 'This Morning'

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Russell Brand appears on 'This Morning'

David Mitchell and Robert Webb

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Robert Webb



He added: "In the last series of Black Mirror we dealt with the issue by having a CGI cartoon character becoming a politician because people would probably trust a cartoon more than politicians at the moment. What the solution to that is, I don't know."

Joking about the prospect of someone such as Brand running the country, Brooker said: "Generally, as a breed of people, comedians are the worst people on earth to be running anything.

"By nature, they are all needy. They are all needy liars. I can't think many things worse than comics actually running things. They live quite chaotic lives."

Charlie Brooker returns to Channel 4 with the documentary How Video Games Changed the World on Saturday (November 30) at 9pm.

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